ERIC Number: ED470319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Family Involvement: A Key Component of Student and School Success.
Although the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has provided strong incentives to improve student achievement, many schools do not have the resources needed to help their students succeed. This paper, the second in the "Community Schools in Illinois" series, addresses the role of school-family partnerships to improve the educational environment. The paper focuses on school-family partnerships, a key component of community schools, and provides examples of six types of family involvement in these partnerships: (1) parenting; (2) communicating; (3) volunteering; (4) learning at home; (5) decision making; and (6) collaborating with the community. Noting that the No Child Left Behind application of the Illinois State Board of Education submitted to the U.S. Department of Education had no concrete plan or dedicated resources for enhancing schools' capacities to effectively engage parents, this paper asserts that using parent involvement as a mechanism for educational change is timely because of sanctions under the No Child Left Behind Act, changing demographics of Illinois' schools, changing state government leaders, and a clear need for proven methods to improve student achievement. Recommendations to help address student achievement through meaningful school-parent partnerships include: (1) convening a summit focused on how to make parent involvement an effective and meaningful practice; (2) integrating parent involvement training as part of the preparation process for teachers and administrators; (3) investing resources in parent involvement and leadership initiatives; (4) providing training, technical assistance, and resources on implementing effective family-school partnerships; and (5) expanding the state board of education's plan to include parent involvement. Appended is a list of national and Illinois organizations focusing on family school partnerships. (Contains 24 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Schools, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Partnerships in Education
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1490, Chicago, IL 60604-1103. Tel: 312-456-0600; Web site: http://www.voices4kids.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001